Adobe AIR in 5 minutes

17 June, 2008 at 12:00 3 comments

Make an Adobe AIR app in Five Minutes – “The Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) is quite a hot topic among web developers. And well it might be! With AIR, Adobe’s new desktop-based web application system, desktop applications can now be built with the technologies web developers have been using for years–plain old HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to do exactly that: build a simple web-based application for the desktop with Adobe AIR.”

So, what is this Adobe AIR ?

At its most basic, AIR is a platform that provides a bridge between web technologies and desktop APIs. Where web developers once needed to use workarounds and talk back to the server to build client-focused applications, AIR provides a means for building building web applications that run from the desktop. AIR applications gives a user the best of both worlds—the rich interface and local resources of a desktop application, and the networked benefits of the Web. It also provides access to the client system, a feature sorely lacking in rich internet applications.

With AIR, web applications can now:

  • work with the local file system
  • integrate with the window manager (to allow modification of OS X dock icons and Windows system tray icons, for example)
  • provide native menus
  • store data securely on the local machine

The best part, however, is this: all of this functionality is available with JavaScript code. Any web developer with reasonable JavaScript skills can get started immediately. If you speak JavaScript, you could be building powerful desktop applications in a matter of minutes using only your existing skills. [more]


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lorenzo  |  17 June, 2008 at 15:11

    When did you post ‘ADOBE PHOTOSHOP in 5 minutes’ ?
    have a good luck for tomorrow !!!!!

  • 2. Maurizio Storani  |  17 June, 2008 at 16:06

    Hi Lorenzo
    Thank’s for your encouragement!!

    Break a leg! is better


  • 3. emo boy  |  4 November, 2008 at 12:00

    Thank you for your site 🙂
    I made with photoshop backgrounds for myspace or youtube and whatever
    my backgrounds:
    take care and thank you again!


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